Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly preparing a bid for Ipswich Town's young star Tristan Nydam, with the 17-year-old midfielder having apparently been on Wenger's radar for some time, and is now ready to lineup a bid of up to £2m for youngster. 

Nydam was born in Zimbabwe, but has represented England at under-19 level, has been at Ipswich from youth level, but has broken into the first team this season with a handful of impressive performances.  ​

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Wenger has a history of dipping into the lower divisions to find young stars for his squad. Rob Holding, who Wenger signed from ​Championship side ​Bolton, has enjoyed sporadic appearances for ​Arsenal in his first two seasons at the club. 

Other players like Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were plucked from lower league clubs by Arsenal and found places in the Gunners' first team. 

Tristan Nydam could be the next lower-league star to be recruited by Wenger, who is reportedly ready to ramp up his interest in the midfielder in the January transfer window. 

Arsenal have a number of young stars who are starting to break through the ranks of the first team. 18-year-old Eddie Nketiah is the latest to burst onto the scene after his two goals saved Arsenal from elimination from the EFL Cup against ​Norwich City

Meanwhile, ​Ipswich Town will be keen to hold onto their young star Nydam, but with just 18 months left on his current contract, Arsenal are on high-alert and prepared to swoop in for their man.